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Ennis Esmer

Ennis Esmer

B: December 29, 1978 in Ankara, Turkey

Ennis Esmer came to Toronto from Ankara, Turkey at the age of three. He trained in theatre at York University and sketch/improv at Second City, while doing standup comedy at clubs in Toronto. His standup work led to a gig as host and creative consultant of The Toronto Show, an hour-long showcase of Canadian music and comedy. He is pictured above in his role of Osman ‘Oz’ Bey on the CTV series, The Listener. He is pictured as Detective Kurtis Mazhari from the TV series Private Eyes. He has played the role of Rich Dotcom on Blindspot since 2015.

Features & TV Movies:
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How to Deal (2003)
The Cheetah Girls (TV-2003)
The 8th Annual Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award (TV-2003)
Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
Decoys (2004)
All You Got (2004)
Young People Fucking (2007)
Your Beautiful Cul de Sac Home (2007)
Snowglobe (TV-2007)
The Rocker (2008)
For the Love of Grace (TV-2008)
Unstable (TV-2009)

Do I Come on Too Strong? (2010, short)
Dave vs Death (2011, short)
Sex After Kids (2013)
Sunday Punch (2013, short)
Dirty Singles (2014)
The F Word (2014)
Bastards (2014, short)
You’ve Ruined My Life (2014, short)
Big News from Grand Rock (2014)
15 Minutes (2014, short)
How To Plan an Orgy in a Small Town (2015)
White Night (2016)
Miss Sloane (2016)
Clara (2018)
The Go-Getters (2018)
Nose to Tail (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
The Path to 9/11 (2006, mini-series)
Billable Hours (2006-2008)
The Listener (2009-2014)

The L.A.Complex (2012)
Red Oaks (2014-2017)
Blindspot (2015-)
Private Eyes (2016-)
You Me Her (2016-)
Little Big Awesome (voice, 2018)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Veritas: The Quest (2003)
Queer as Folk (2003)
Tilt (2005)
Kojak (2005)
Trapped (2007)
ReGenesis (2008)
Flashpoint (2008)
The Border (2009)

Murdoch Mysteries (2010)
Baxter (2010)
Lost Girl (2010)
Good Dog (2011)
Covert Affairs (2010, 2011)
The Casting Room (2011)
Transporter: The Series (2012)
Off2Kali Comedy (2013)
The Ron James Show (2013)
Nikita (2013)
Republic of Doyle (2013)
Man Seeking Woman (2015)
Lost Girl (2015)
Dark Matter (2015, 2017)
Baroness Von Sketch Show (2016)
Shoot the Messenger (2016)
My Kitchen Can Be Anything (2017)
Schitt’s Creek (2019)

Clara, movie, poster,

The Go-Getters, movie, poster,

Michael McGowan

Photo by Ken Woroner. Used with Permission.

B: in Toronto, Ontario

Michael McGowan in a publicity still taken while on location filming Still Mine. His musical tribute to Canada’s other national sport, Score: A Hockey Musical, opened five major 2010 Canadian film festivals (Toronto, Atlantic, Sudbury, Calgary and Edmonton) and screened as the Anniversary Gala at the Vancouver Film Festival. It went on to win the Best Fiction Feature Award at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. His 2008 film, One Week took in $1.3 million at the Canadian box office, won numerous festival awards and garnered Joshua Jackson a Genie Award for best actor. It was picked up in the U.S. by IFC and has sold internationally. In addition to his work on features, McGowan is also the creator and executive producer of the stop-motion animated children’s TV series, Henry’s World, which is broadcast in over 50 countries and has won a variety of awards, including the Alliance for Children and Television Award of Excellence. He is also the best-selling author of the Young Adult novel Newton and the Giant, published in 2003 by HarperCollins, and the sequel Newton and the Time Travel Machine, released in 2008. Between, is a 6-part survivalist thriller mini-series picked up by Netflix in the US as well as by Rogers Broadcasting’s CITY stations in Canada and the SVOD service Shomi.

Also see: McGowan Shoots Puny Sorrows.

Features & TV Movies:
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My Dog Vincent (1998)

Saint Ralph (2004)
Left Coast (TV-2007)
One Week (2008)

Vacation with Derek (TV-2010)
Score: A Hockey Musical (2010)
Still Mine (2013)

All My Puny Sorrows (2021)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Unprofessionals (2001)
Between (2015, mini-series)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
My Dog Vincent (1998)
Saint Ralph (2004)
Left Coast (TV-2007)
One Week (2008)

Score: A Hockey Musical (2010)
Still Mine (2013)
Between (mini-series, 2015)

All My Puny Sorrows (2021)

Poster for the 2013 film Still Mine courtesy of Mongrel Media
Poster for the 2013 film Still Mine courtesy of Mongrel Media

Rainbow Francks

Rainbow Francks, actor,

B: December 3, 1979 in Toronto, Ontario

Rainbow Sun Francks is the son of the late actor/musician Don Francks and dancer Lili Francks, a member of the Plains Cree First Nation. He is also the brother of Cree Summer. He costarred in Stargate Atlantis as US Marine Lieutenant Aiden Ford. Francks played Corporal Dev Clark for two seasons of The Listener. His work on One Heart Broken Into Song brought a Gemini Award nomination.

Features & TV Movies:
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Black Fox: The Price of Peace (TV-1995)
Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (TV-1995)
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
Johnny (1999)
One Heart Broken Into Song (1999)

Love Come Down (2000)
Love Song (TV-2000)
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes (TV-2006)
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)

100 Musicians (2012, short)
Against the Wild (TV-2013)
Pretend We’re Kissing (2014)
The Steps (2015)
Deer Hunting for Beginners (2018, short)
Age of Dysphoria (2019, short),BR/>
Goliath (2019)

Useless Nights (2020, short)
A Christmas Exchange (TV-2020)
Trigger Point (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Electric Circus (host, 1988)
Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2008)
This Space for Rent (2006)

The Listener (2011-2014)

Rising Suns (2020, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Twice in a Lifetime (2001)
This Space for Rent (2006)

The Bridge (2010)
Lost Girl (2011)
State of Syn (2012)
Murdoch Mysteries (2014)
Slasher (2016)
Eyewitness (2016)
The Strain (2017)
The Beaverton (2017)
Imposters (2018)
The Umbrella Academy (2019)
Hudson & Rex (2019)
Jett (2019)

High Fidelity (2020)
Schitt’s Creek (2020)

The Steps, 2016 movie poster

Josh Dean

Josh Dean, actor,

B: December 3, 1979 in Burnaby, British Columbia

Josh Dean started out in life as George Joshua Christian Dean. Although born in British Columbia he spent a lot of time in neighbouring Alberta. In Edmonton he performed in the improvisational soap opera Die-Nasty and toured with improv company Rapid Fire Theatre. The photo is of Dean as Nate Dineen from the sitcom Free Ride. After the series was cancelled, FOX gave him a development deal. He plays the recurring riole of Boston Arliss Crab on the series Blindspot.

Features & TV Movies:
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Purple Gas (2003)
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide (2003)
Turnbuckle (2003)
The Beast (TV-2007)
National Lampoon`s Bag Boy (2007)
Young People Fucking (2007)
This Might Hurt (TV-2009)

Father vs Son (2010)
The Last Supper (2012, short)
It’s Not What You Know (2016, short)
My Perfect Romance (TV-2018)
Christmas with a Prince (TV-2018)
Art of Falling in Love (TV-2019)
Christmas with a Prince: Becoming Royal (TV-2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Free Ride (2006)
Blindspot (2016-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Handlers (2011)
Mike & Molly (2012)
Wedding Band (2013)
Castle (2015)
RelationFixTM (2015)
Uncle Buck (2016)
Con Man (2017)
Deception (2018)

Live from the 8th Dimension (2020)

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Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser, actor,

B: December 3, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Brendan Fraser’s dad was a Canadian travel executive who moved frequently. As a result the future actor spent time growing up in Ottawa, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, London and Rome. He attended Upper Canada College in Toronto, the Actors’ Conservatory, and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He was given the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival for his portrayal of Fletcher McBracken in the 1998 James F. Robinson film Still Breathing. Brendan Fraser maintains dual citizenship in Canada and the United States. He is pictured in a publicity still for the film Extraordinay Measures. He played the role of James Fletcher Chace in the series Trust, starring Donald Sutherland.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
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Dogfight (1991)
Child of Darkness, Child of Light (TV-1991)
Guilty Until Proven Innocent (TV-1991)
School Ties (1992)
Encinco Man (1992)
Twenty Bucks (1993)
Son in Law (1993)
Younger and Younger (1993)
With Honors (1994)
In The Army Now (1994)
Airheads (1994)
The Scout (1994)
The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)
Now and Then (1995)
Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
Glory Daze (1996)
George of the Jungle (1997)
The Twilight of the Gods (TV-1997)
Still Breathing (1998)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists (voice, 1999)
Blast from the Past (1999)
The Mummy (1999)
Dudley Do-Right (1999)

Bedazzled (2000)
Monkeybone (2000)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The Quiet American (2002)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
Crash (2004)
Beach Bunny (voice, 2005)
Journey to the End of Night (2006)
The Last Time (2006)
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Inkheart (2008)
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2009)

Extraordinary Measures (2010)
Furry Vengeance (2010)
Whole Lotta Sole (2011)
HairBrained (2013)
Gimme Shelter (2013)
Split Decision (2013)
Escape from Planet Earth (2013, voice)
A Case of You (2013)
Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013)
The Nut Job (voice, 2014)
The Secret of Karma (2017)
The Field (2018)
Behind the Curtain of Night (2018)
Line of Descent (2019)
The Poison Rose (2019)

The Secret of Karma (2020)
No Sudden Move (2021)
Behind the Curtain of Night (2021)
The Whale (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Texas Rising (2015, mini-series)
Trust (2018)
Doom Patrol (voice, 2019-)

Professionals (2020)

TV Series – Guest Appearances:
Scrubs (2002, 2004)
King of the Hill (2000, 2005)
The Fairly Odd Parents (2009)

The Affair (2016)br class=”spacer_” />
Nightcap (2017)
Condor (2018)
Titans (2018)

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Howard Shore

Howard Shore, composer,

B: October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario

Howard Leslie Shore is one of the very few Canadian musicians to come out of the ’60s and ’70s and be able to stay in the music biz. He is often remembered for his time with the rock band Lighthouse. In addition to features and series, he has extensive credits on individual TV shows and is noted for his work on David Cronenberg‘s films. Shore won his second and third Academy Awards for his score for The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, and Best Song, Into the West, from the same film. In 2007 he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. He was guest of honour in October 2016 at the Tenerife International Film Music Festival in Spain.

Official website.

Features & TV Movies:
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I Miss You Hugs and Kisses (1978)
The Brood (1979)

Scanners (1981)
Videodrome (1983)
Nothing Last Forever (1984)
After Hours (1985)
The Fly (1986)
Fire With Fire (1986)
Heaven (1987)
Nadine (1987)
Moving (1988)
Big (1988)
Dead Ringers (1988)
An Innocent Man (1989)
She-Devil (1989)
Signs of Life (1989)
The Local Stigmatic (1989)

Quick Change (1990)
The Lemon Sisters (1990)
Made in Liman (1990)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
A Kiss Before Dying (1991)
Naked Lunch (1991)
Prelude to a Kiss (1992)
Single White Female (1992)
Sliver (1993)
Guilty as Sin (1993)
M. Butterfly (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Client (1994)
Ed Wood (1994)
Nobody’s Fool (1994)
Se7en (1995)
Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
White Man’s Burden (1995)
Before and After (1996)
The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996)
Crash (1996)
Striptease (1996)
Looking for Richard (1996)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Cop Land (1997)
The Game (1997)
Last Night (1998)
Gloria (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
Analyse This (1999)
Dogma (1999)

High Fidelity (2000)
The Yards (2000)
Esther Kahn (2000)
The Cell (2000)
Camera (2000)
The Score (2001)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Panic Room (2002)
Spider (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Gangs of New York (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The Aviator (2004)
A History of Violence (2005)
Lord of the Brush (TV-2005)
La opresión (2005, short)
The Departed (2006)
The Last Mimzy (2007)
Eastern Promises (2007)
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon (2008)
Doubt (2008)

Edge of Darkness (2010)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
A Dangerous Method (2011)
Hugo (2011)
Cosmopolis (2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Maps to the Stars (2014)
Rosewater (2014)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
Spotlight (2015)
Denial (2016)
The Song of Names (2019)
Funny Boy (2020)

TV Series:
Saturday Night Live (1975-)
Scales of Justice (1990)
Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993)

Funny Boy, movie, poster,

Hannah Endicott-Douglas

Hannah Endicott-Douglas, actress,

B: November 29, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario

Hannah Endicott-Douglas had a high profile start to her career when she was chosen as the new Anne Shirley for the production Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning. She is pictured in her recurring role as Lori Russell in the Good Witch series of made-for-TV movies and the Good Witch series which launched in 2015. Shot in Canada, the US series also features Canadian actors Catherine Disher and Anthony Lemke and many others.

Features & TV Movies:
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Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (2004)
The Good Witch (TV-2008)
Anne of Green Gables: A New Begininng (TV-2008)
The Good Witch’s Garden (TV-2009)

Casino Jack (2010)
The Good Witch’s Gift (TV-2010)
The Good Witch’s Family (TV-2011)
The Good Witch’s Charm (TV-2012)
I Was a Boy (2012)
The Good Witch’s Destiny (TV-2013)
The Good Witch’s Wonder (TV-2014)
Chickens (2016, short)
Eilid + Damh (2019, short)

TV Series – Cast:
Miss BG (2005-2008)
My Friend Rabbit (voice, 2007-2008)

Good Witch (2015-)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends (voice, 2008)
Flashpoint (2008)

Murdoch Mysteries (2011, 2018)
Saving Hope (2015)
Slasher (2016)

Casino Jack, movie, poster,

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy, actress,

B: November 25, 1969 in Edmonton, Alberta

Jill Hennessy became interested in acting when she was 12. Her first full role was in the movie, Dead Ringers in 1988 in which she appeared with her dead ringer twin sister Jacqueline Hennessy. She studied improvisational comedy with the famed Second City and also worked with a Toronto-based improv comedy troupe before landing a role in the Broadway-bound production of The Buddy Holly Story. She also appeared in the off-Broadway production, Those Summer Nights When the Dark Comes Late. Once in New York, she costarred in Ron Howard’s feature film The Paper, and her career began to get serious. Television audiences remember her for the years she spent playing the role of assistant district attorney Claire Kincaid on the Emmy-winning NBC drama series Law & Order. She starred as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot, and won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her work in the cable movie Nuremberg.

The poster for Dead Ringers was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection. It was named Best Film at the 10th annual Genie Awards in 1989.

Features & TV Movies:
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Dead Ringers (1988)

RoboCop 3 (1993)
The Paper (1994)
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
A Smile Like Yours (1997)
Most Wanted (1997)
Weekend Getaway (1998)
Dead Broke (1998)
Komodo (1999)
Two Ninas (1999)
Molly (1999)
Chutney Popcorn (1999)

Autumn in New York (2000)
The Acting Class (2000)
Exit Wounds (2001)
Love in the Time of Money (2002)
Pipe Dream (2002)
Oranges (2007)
Wild Hogs (2007)
Walk Two Moons (2007)
Oranges (VR-2008)
Lymelife (2009)

Small Town Murder Songs (2010)
Roadie (2011)
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV-2012)
Dawn Rider (2012)
If I Had Wings (2013)
Confidential (2016)
The Other (2016)
Lost in Time (2017)
Don’t Sleep (2017)
Crypto (2019)
Standing Up, Falling Down (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Law & Order (1993-1996)
Mobile Suit Gundam (1999)

Nuremberg (2000, mini-series)
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2000, mini-series)
Crossing Jordan (2001-2007)

Luck (2010-2011)
Jo (2013)
Madam Secretary (2015-2016)
Shots Fired (2017)
Crawford (2018)
City on a Hill (2019)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
War of the Worlds (1988, 1990)
The Hitchhiker (1989)
Friday the 13th: The Series (1989, 1990)

E.N.G. (1990)
T and T (1990)
Counterstrike (1990)
C.B.C.’s Magic Hour (1990)
Flying Blind (1990)
Homicide: Life on the Street (1996)

Las Vegas (2004, 2005, 2006)

The Good Wife (2014)
The Blacklist (2017)
Yellowstone (2018)
Bull (2018)

This poster for Dead Ringers was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection
This poster for Dead Ringers was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection

Stefanie von Pfetten

Stefanie von Fetten, actress,

B: November 25, 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Stefanie Baroness Christina von Pfetten was born to German émigrés from Munich and was drawn to perform from an early age. She began modeling as a teen and got her first taste of the stage starring in her high school`s production of Grease. She continued her education in Europe, first in Munich (she is multi-lingual, and fluent in German), then at the University of Vienna, where she studied art history while interning at Sotheby’s before returning to Vancouver to formally train in theatre and pursue acting full-time. She attracted immediate attention for guest-starring roles on numerous Canadian television shows, and taking both comedic and dramatic leads in features in Canada and in Germany before heading to Los Angeles.

Features & TV Movies:
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Y2K (TV-1999)
Little Boy Blues (1999)

My 5 Wives (2000)
Sole Survivor (TV-2000)
Point of View (VR-2001)
Death Train to the Pacific (TV-2001)
Trapped (TV-2001)
The Wedding Dress (TV-2001)
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
Cabin Pressure (2002)
Strange Frequency 2 (TV-2003)
The Invitation (2003)
Posers (2003)
A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (TV-2003)
Decoys (2004)
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004)
The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve (TV-2004)
Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (TV-2005)
Cool Money (TV-2005)
Murder at the Presido (YV-2005)
The Engagement Ring (TV-2005)
Meltdown: Days of Destruction (TV-2006)
One Way (2006)
Termination Point (TV-2007)
Dragon Boys (TV-2007)
Battlestar Galatica: Razor (TV-2007)
Christmas Caper (TV-2007)
Holiday Switch (TV-2007)
The Call (TV-2008)
Odysseus & the Isle of Mists (2008)
Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Stoory (TV-2008)
Ba’al (TV-2008)
Flirting with Forty (TV-2008)
Too Late to Say Goodbye (TV-2009)

Icarus (2010)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a Man (TV-2012)
Happy Face Killer (TV-2014)
Far from Home (TV-2014)
The Gourmet Detective: A Healthy Place to Die (TV-2015)
Numb (2015)
Heaven’s Floor (2016)
While You Were Dating (TV-2017)
Deadly Secrets by the Lake (TV-2017)
Welcome to Marwen (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
Cracked (2013)
Thornwood Heights (2017, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
First Wave (1998, 1999)
The Net (1999)
The Sentinel (1999)

Hollywood Off-Ramp (2000)
These Arms of Mine (2001)
Seven Days (2001)
Strange Frequency (2001)
Special Unit 2 (2001)
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (2002)
The Twilight Zone (2002)
Jeremiah (2003)
CSI: Miami (2004)
Andromeda (2004)
The L Word (2005)
Battlestar Galactica (2006)
Eureka (2007)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2009)

Better Off Ted (2010)
The Man in the High Castle (2015, 2016)
Shooter (2016)
The Last Tycoon (2017)
L.A.’s Finest (2019)

Movie poster for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Movie poster for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Alison Pill

Alison Pill, actress,
Alison Pill appears in VICE as Mary Cheney. Photo by Steve Cohn. Used with permission.

B: November 27, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario

Alison Courtney Pill began performing at a the age of 3. In addition to private voice and dance lessions, she also studied at the National Ballet School and the Toronto’s Children’s Chorus. She decided she wanted to be an actress when she was just 10 years old. She recently was in the off-Broadway world premiere of Neil LaBute’s reasons to be pretty, directed by Terry Kinney. She had previously starred in the same playwright’s The Distance from Here, in its U.S. premiere, for which she shared the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble. Her Broadway debut in The Lieutenant of Inishmore brought her a Tony Award nomination, and she also starred on Broadway in Mauritius. Off-Broadway, she was a Lucille Lortel Award nominee for both On the Mountain and Blackbird (opposite Jeff Daniels), and starred in None of the Above. Her role as Maggie Jordan on the hit HBO series The Newsroom brought the Toronto-born actress a legion of new fans in the United States and Canada. Alison Pill plays the role of Dr. Agnes Jurati in the 2020 series Star Trek: Picard.

Also see: Alison Pill in Vice.
Also see: Watch a trailer for VICE.
Also see: McGowan Shoots Puny Sorrows.

Features & TV Movies:
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Degas and the Dancer (TV-1998)
Stranger in Town (TV-1998)
God’s New Plan (TV-1999)
Different (TV-1999)
The Life Before This (1999)
Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1999)
A Holiday Romance (TV-1999)
What Katy Did (TV-1999)
Locked in Silence (TV-1999)
Dear America: A Journey to the New World (TV-1999)

Skipped Parts (2000)
The Dinosaur Hunter (2000)
The Other Me (TV-2000)
Me and My Shadows (TV-2001)
Midwives (TV-2001)
What Girls Learn (TV-2001)
The Pilot’s Wife (TV-2001)
Perfect Pie (2002)
This Much I Know (TV-2003)
Pieces of April (2003)
Fast Food High (2003)
The Unexpected Lone (TV-2003)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
The Crypt Club (2004)
A Separate Peace (TV-2004)
Plain Truth (TV-2004)
Dear Wendy (2005)
Safety Glass (2006)
Dan in Real Life (2007)
Milk (2008)
The Awakening of Abigail Harris (2009)
One Way to Valhalla (2009)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Goon (2011)
To Rome With Love (2012)
Denise (2012, short)
Santa Baby (2012, short)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Cooties (2014)
Zoom (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Woman in Deep (2016, short)

Miss Sloane (2016)
Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)
Ideal Home (2018)
Vice (2018)
The Most Magnificent Thing (voice, 2019, short)

All My Puny Sorrows (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
The Last Don II (1998, mini-series)
Anatole (1998)
Redwell (voice, 1999)

The Book of Daniel (2006)
In Treatment (2009)

PIllars of the Earth (2011, mini-series)
7p/10e (2014, mini-series)
The Newsroom (2012-2014)
The Family (2016)
American Horror Story (2017)
Devs (2019, mini-series)

Star Trek: Picard (2020)

Vice, movie, poster,

Fabrizio Filippo

Fab Filippo, actor,
Fabrizio Filippo photo © 2015 by Ralph Lucas

B: November 30, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario

Fabrizio “Fab” Filippo briefly attended York University’s Film & Video Programme in 1993. In addition to his career in front of the cameras, he is a very busy writer-director. For example, he wrote for Global Television’s comedy series Working the Engels, and earlier wrote, starred in and directed 3 seasons of the half-hour ShowCase comedy series, Billable Hours. Save Me stars Filippo as Goldie, an emergency medical technician who acts as a first responder in a different medical emergency each episode.

Also see: CBC’s Save Me Online.
Also see: Save Me Returns to GEM.

Photo of Fab Filippo at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards Copyright © 2015 by R.A.Lucas

Features & TV Movies:
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Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil (1992)
Against Their Will: Women in Prison (TV-1994)
Canadian Bacon (1995)
Radiant City (1996)
Liszt`s Rhapsody (TV-1996)
The Drive (1996)
Hollyweird (TV-1998)
The Life Before This (1999)

Waydowntown (2000)
Lives of the Saints (TV-2003)
Hollywood North (2003)
The Human Kazoo (2004, short)
Love is Work (2005)
Couldn’t Be Happier (2005, short)
Sybil (TV-2007)
A Good Meal (2009)

Tonka Chuck and Friends: Big Air Dare (voice, TV-2011)
Perfect Sisters (2012)
The Resurrection of Tony Gitone (2013)
Perfect Sisters (2014)
A Good Meal (2016)

TV Series – Cast:
Ready or Not (1993-1997)
Lush Life (1996)
Reunited (1998)

Level 9 (2000-2001)
Queer as Folk (2002-2003)
Lives of the Saints (mini-series, 2004)
Delilah & Julius (2005-2006)
Billable Hours (2006-2008)
The Dating Guy (2009-2010)

Detentionaire (voice, 2011-2012)
The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (voice, 2011-2012)
Guidestones (2014)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Katts and Dog (1990)
Beyond Reality (1992)
Street Legal (1993)
Are You Afraid of the Dark (1994)
The Mighty Jungle (1994)
Due South (1994)
Tek War (1995)
Flash Forward (1996)
Dangerous Minds (1996)
Cracker (1997)
Poltergeust: The Legacy (1998)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998)
Reunited (1998)
Providence (1999)
Undressed (1999)
Action (1999, 2000)

Tilt (2005)
Puppets Who Kill (2005)
Rent-a-Goalie (2008)
Being Erica (2009, 2010)

Web Series:
Save Me (2017-2019)

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Kenneth Mitchell

Kenneth Mitchell, actor,

B: November 25, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario

Kenneth Mitchell often shows up in the credits, particularly in his early films and TV appearances, as Ken Mitchell. Look for him in the role of Kol in the new Star Trek: Discovery series, set to debut in late 2017 or early 2018.

Features & TV Movies:
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No Man’s Land (2000)
The Green (2001, short)
Charms for the Easy Life (TV-2002)
Why Don’t You Dance (2002, short)
The Recruit (2003)
Miracle (2004)
Tennis, Anyone…? (2005)
Home of the Giants (2007)
’77 (2007)

The Quinn-tuplets (TV-2010)

Partners (TV-2011)
Tasmanian Devils (TV-2013)
Broad Squad (TV-2016)
Blood Honey (2017)
Captain Marvel (2019)

TV Series – Cast:
Odyssey 5 (2002)
Jericho (2006-2008)
Ghost Whisperer (2008-2009)
Meteor (2009, mini-series)
Iron Road (2009, mini-series)

The Astronaut Wives Club (2015)
Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2019)

The Old Man (2021, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Leap Years (2001)
Grey’s Anatomy (2006)
CSI: Miami (2006)
The Unit (2006)
Flashpoint (2008)
Without a Trace (2009)

Lie to Me (2010)
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Law & Order: Los Angeles (2010)
Detroit 1-8-7 (2010)
Criminal Minds (2010)
Private Practice (2011)
Castle (2011)
The Mentalist (2011)
Grimm (2012)
Drop Dead Diva (2012)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2012)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2013)
Monday Mornings (2013)
Bones (2013)
Body of Proof (2013)
Haven (2013)
The Night Shift (2014)
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (2014)
CSI: Cyber (2015)
Minority Report (2015)
Major Crimes (2015)
Code Black (2016)
Notorious (2016)
Frequency (2016, 2017)
The Detectives (2018)
See (2019)
Nancy Drew (2019, 2020)
Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020)

Blood Honey, movie, poster,
Poster for Blood Honey courtesy of Northern Banner Releasing.

Jovanka Vuckovic

Jovanka Vuckovic, director,

B: November 23, 1975 in Toronto, Ontario

Jovanka Vuckovic is a Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, author and artist. Her first short film The Captured Bird (winner of four Best Short Film Awards) was executive produced Guillermo del Toro and was an official selection at over 50 festivals including the Worldwide Short Film Festival, Fantasia, Sitges, Fantastic Fest and the Atlantic Film Festival. Her second short film Self Portrait was created for and showcased at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013 she was selected by TIFF as one of 25 filmmakers to participate in their high profile Emerging Filmmakers Competition. Her third short film, The Guest, was created for the competition. Her 2019 film Riot Girls screened at both the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland and Montréal’s Fantasia in July 2019.

Features & TV Movies:
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The Captured Bird (2012, short)
Self Portrait (2012, short)
The Guest (2013, short)

Jacqueline Ess (2016)
XX: Horror Anthology (2017)
Riot Girls (2019)

TV Series:
Helstrom (2020, 1 episode)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Captured Bird (2012, short)
Self Portrait (2012, short)
The Guest (2013, short)

Riot Girls, movie, poster,

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel, CSAs Wrap - By the Numbers,
Howie Mandel, host of the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards © 2017 by Ralph Lucas. Used with permission. Click to enlarge.

B: November 29, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario

Howie Michael Mandel II dropped out of school and began his working life as a carpet salesman. By 1979 he owned a number of stores throughout the greater Toronto area. And then, in a flash, everything changed. While in Los Angeles on a business trip, he performed an off-the-cuff set during an “amateur night” at the Comedy Store club. A producer for the comedic game show Make Me Laugh was in the audience and booked Mandel for several appearances during the show`s run. A successful stand-up career followed. His first really big break came when he was signed for what turned out to be 6 years on the hit TV hospital drama, St. Elsewhere. He also did movies, including his role as the voice of Gizmo in the 1984 hit Gremlins, and the role of “Maurice” in the 1989 movie Little Monsters. He was also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated children’s animated series Bobby’s World which ran for eight seasons on Fox and was later syndicated. In October 2005, he was named host of Deal or No Deal which became a highly rated show in both the United States and Canada. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for his work that the show, for which he also served as Producer. He was Executive Producer and host of the 1 season series, Howie Do It.

Also see: Howie Mandel hosts 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
Also see: Howie Mandel’s Official website
Also see: Howie Mandel and ICM Buy Just For Laughs.

Features & TV Movies:
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Gas (1981)
The Funny Farm (1983)
Gremlins (voice, 1984)
A Fine Mess (1986)
Walk Like a Man (1987)
Little Monsters (1989)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (voice, 1990)
David Copperfield (TV-1993)
Shake, Rattle and Rock! (TV-1994)
Magic Kid II (1994)
In Search of Dr.Seuss (TV-1994)
Harrison Bergeron (TV-1995)
Apocalypse III: Tribulation (1999)
Jackie’s Back: The Portrait of a Diva (TV-1999)

Tribulation (2000)
The Tangerine Bear (2000)
Spin Cycle (2000)
Spinning Out of Control (TV-2001)
Hansel & Gretel (2002)
Crown Heights (TV-2002)
Pinocchio 3000 (voice, 2004)
Room Service (2006, short)
The Great American Christmas (narrator, TV-2006)
Walk Two Moons (2007)

Noah (voice, 2012)
7 Days in Hell (TV-2015)
Killing Hasselhoff (2017)

TV Series – Cast:
St. Elsewhere (1982-1988)
Muppet Babies (voice, 1984)

Bobby’s World (voice, 1990-1998)
Good Grief (1990-1991)
The Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys (1992)
Howie (1992)
Howie Mandel’s Sunny Skies (1995)
The Howie Mandel Show (1998)

Hidden Howie (2005)
Deal or No Deal (2005-2009)
Howie Do It (2009)

America’s Got Talent (Judge, 2010-)
Mobbed (Host, 2011-2013)
Funny You Should Ask (2017-2019)
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things (2018-2019)
America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Judge, 2019-)

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, director,

B: 1979 in Québec

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette is a graduate of l’Université de Montréal in International Studies and she received a diploma from l’Institut national de l’image et du son (INIS) in 2002. She has also lived and studied in the vicinity of the West Bank and cut her teeth on a slew of documentaries. Known for her documentaries, she made her first fictional feature, the critically acclaimed Le Ring, in 2007. Selected for the 2008 Pusan and Berlin festivals, it won awards such as the Grand Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival, the award for Best Director at the Miradas Festival (Madrid) and the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor at the Vladivostok Film Festival. The film Inch’Allah (God Willing) was her second feature-length non-documentary film.

Features & TV Movies:
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Love on the Blip (1998, short)

Les petits princes des Bidonvilles (2000, documentary)
Sorcières comme les autres (2000, documentary short)
Buenos Aires!, ne pleure pas (documentary short – co-directed with Amaud Bouquet)
Les mots bleus (2001, short)
État d’urgence (2003, documentary short)
Ceux qui savent encore rêver (2004, documentary)
Les mains du monde (2004, documentary)
Si j’avois un chapeau (2005, documentary)
Le Ring (2007)
Tap-Tap (2007, documentary)
Les petits géants (2009, documentary – co-directed with Emile Proulx-Cloutier)

Se souvenir des cendres – Regards sure Incendies (2010, documentary)
Ina Litovski (2012, short)
Inch’ Allah (2012)
Sept heures trois fois par année (2012, short)
Prends-moi (2014, short)
Le Plancher des vaches (2015, documentary)
Ma fille n’est pas à vendre (TV-2017, documentary)

La déesse des mouches à feu (2020)
Yukonstyle (2021)

TV Series:
Nikan (2006, 1 episode)
Les Voix Humaines (2010)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Les mains du monde (2004, documentary)
Les petits géants (2009, documentary – co-directed with Emile Proulx-Cloutier)

Se souvenir des cendres – Regards sure Incendies (2010, documentary)
Ina Litovski (2012, short)
Inch’ Allah (2012)
Sept heures trois fois par année (2012, short)
Prends-moi (2014, short)
Le Plancher des vaches (2015, documentary)
Ma fille n’est pas à vendre (TV-2017, documentary)

TV Series:
Je voudrais qu’on m’efface (2019, mini-series)

Inch' Allah, movie, poster,

La déesse des mouches à feu, movie, poster,

Shawn Linden

Shawn Linden, director,

B: in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Shawn Linden grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He spent four years in the Film Studies and Philosophy programs at the University of Manitoba, and seven years working in the Art Departments of Winnipeg film and television companies. In 2007, he produced the no-budget film Nobody, a film noir thriller, which screened at more than fifty film festivals and won over a dozen awards.

Features & TV Movies:
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Nobody (2008)

The Doomsday Scrolls (TV-2011)
The Good Lie (2012)

Hunter Hunter (2020)

TV Series:
In Plain Sight (2019, 1 episode)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Nobody (2008)

The Doomsday Scrolls (TV-2011)
The Good Lie (2012)

Hunter Hunter (2020)

TV Series:
The Fixer (2015, mini-series, 4 episodes)
In Plain Sight (2018, 2019, 10 episodes)

The Good Lie, movie, poster,

Voluntary Gestures

25 minutes – Documentary
Language: English
Release date: 2012
Canadian distributor:

Voluntary Gestures is an intimate portrait of Jeffrey Koterba that explores the relationship between his artistic expression and the neurological disorder he has, Tourette Syndrome (TS). Koterba is a published author, syndicated editorial cartoonist and a professional musician who lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska. In this short film that won two awards at the Omaha Film Fesival, we discover how TS acts as a creative – or destructive – force in Koterba`s illustrations, writing and music.

Voluntary Gestures had its premiere at the Omaha Film Festival in March of 2012.

No poster available, image,

Crew:

Executive Producer:

Bruce Dawson

Director:

Stefan Morel

Cinematographer:

Stefan Morel

Editor:

Stefan Morel

Composer:

Jeffrey Koterba
Josh Koterba

Cast: Roles:

Jeffrey Koterba

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West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

95 minutes – Documentary
Language: English
Festival release date: September 2011 – Vancouver International Film Festival

On July 8, 1917, just as Tom Thomson was reaching ascendancy in his craft, he paddled across Canoe Lake in Ontario and disappeared. His body was found floating in the lake 8 days later. Renowned as one of Canada’s most beloved painters and described as the nation’s “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh,” Thomson’s vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of the Canadian soul. The cause of his death remains a mystery to this day. What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunt us still, that draw thousands to his cairn at Canoe Lake each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian Art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist. Filmed on location in Leith, Seattle, Toronto, Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park.

Poster and trailer courtesy of White Pine Pictures.

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Tompson, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Peter Raymont
Nancy Lang

Supervising Producer:

Kelly Jenkins

Director:

Michèle Hozer
Peter Raymont

Cinematographer:

Neville Ottey
John Westheuser

Editor:

Michèle Hozer

Composer:

John Welsman

Cast: Roles:

Christian Golec
James VanDerKleyn
Eric Peterson
Gordon Pinsent
Susan Coyne

Young Tom Thomson
Older Tom Thomson
Voice
Voice
Voice

Karine Vanasse

Karine Vanasse, actress,
Karine Vanasse with her 2019 Canadian Screen Award © 2019 by Ralph Lucas

B: November 24, 1983 in Drummondville, Québec

Karine Vanasse was nine when she first showed an interest in singing and acting. She appeared in the teen show Club des 100 watts after winning a lip sync competition. With the help of her mother, Renée Gamache, Vanasse began to audition for and land parts in TV commercials and minor or supporting roles in Québec made-for-television movies. While co-hosting a children’s science show, Les Débrouillards, producer Lorraine Richard and director Léa Pool spotted her and offered the young actress her first big break in the role of Hanna in Emporte-moi (1998), a story of a teenager trying to find her identity in a tormented family environment. It screened at some forty festivals around the world and Vanasse was given the Jutra Award for Best Actress in 2000. She also won a Jutra for Best Actress for her work in the 2002 film Séraphin: un homme et son péché. Karine Vanessa played the role of Justine Laurier in the series Blue Moon. She plays the role of Lise Delorme and is pictured with her 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series for Cardinal.

Features & TV Movies:
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La veuve noire (TV-1994)
Emporte-moi (1998)
Le souper (1999)
Du pic au coeur (1999)

Séraphin: un homme et son péché (2002)
Head in the Clouds (2004)
Sans elle (2004)
Un homme mort (TV-2005)
Marie-Antoinette (TV-2005)
Ma fille, mon ange (2006)
Polytechnique (2008)

L’enfant prodige (2010)
Angle mort (2011)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Switch (2011)
I’m Yours (2011)
French Immersion (2011)
Scruples (TV-2012)
Laurence Always (2012)
Strange Woman in Shorts (2013, short)
Scarlet (2013, short)
En Solitaire (aka Turning Tide, 2014)
All The Wrong Reasons (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Buddha’s Little Finger (2014)
The Forbidden Room (2014)
Paul à Québec (2015)
Tomorrow’s Shadows (2016, short)
De père en flic 2 (2017)
Et au pire, on se mariera (2017)
Trench 11 (2017)
Malek (2018)

TV Series – Cast:
Revenge of the Land (1998, mini-series)

2 frères (1999-2000)
Les Débrouillards (1998-2001)
October 1970 (2006, mini-series)
Killer Wave (2006, mini-series)

Pan Am (2011-2012)
30 Vies (2013-2015)
Revenge (2013-2015)
Blue Moon (2016-2018)
Cardinal (2017-2020)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Les aventures de la courte échelle (1996)
Mon meilleur ennemi (2001)
Un homme mort (2006)
Trauma (2011)
God Friended Me (2019)

Trench 11, movie, poster,
Poster for Trench 11 courtesy of Ravin Banner Releasing.

Michèle Hozer

Michèle Hozer, editor, director,

Michèle Hozer is primarily known as an editor with an extensive list of credits and two Gemini Awards for her documentary editing. She first stepped behind the camera when she co-directed (with Peter Raymont) the award-winning documentary Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, which screened worldwide, was short-listed for an Oscar and has was released theatrically in Canada, Germany, Australia and the United States. Hozer grew up in Montreal and studied Communications at Concordia University then started her career at The National Film Board of Canada, working first in production then as an editor. She has worked with Peter Raymont for 8 years, winning her second Gemini for editing the critically acclaimed feature length documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire. We list her credits as a director.

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Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (co-directed, 2009)

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson (co-directed, 2011)

West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, movie, poster,

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